Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #14

Merry Wonderful Wednesday to one and all!

2 weeks in a row... I'm clearly on a roll. Struggling today, but here's a selection of Wonderful things from my week!

✰ Spaghetti Hoops.  I've been trying to lose weight since New Year and haven't been doing too badly, as it goes. My saviour lately has been Heinz Spaghetti Hoops. Smothered on a jacket potato with some spinach and cherry tomatoes on the side - lovely! Reminds me of my childhood and feels a little bit naughty, but totally On Plan on my diet (or Lifestyle/Healthy Eating Plan as the brand probably wants to be known!)

✰ Cadbury Mini Eggs. Yep, slight diversion from the healthy, but since it's *nearly* Easter, these little chocolatey eggy treats are appearing on shelves near supermarket tills the world over (OK, maybe just in SE London where I tend to shop). I'll admit I've had a couple of bags so far, but only when I'm feeling virtuous and have the discipline to have just one or two little eggs at a time...

✰ Heat. After our little spell of warm weather (or was that my imagination?) it's felt slightly odd for it to be super chilly again. Especially in the mornings now that it's dark again (I'm up at 5.30am) and cold. I really do appreciate the heaters in my car, which I now know well enough will start warming my feet up (can't bear having the fans blowing in my face) within 5 minutes from leaving the house.

✰ Eurotunnel. It's such a simple concept, really - build a tunnel underground and put a train in it. No, wait, make it a BIG train that can hold cars so you don't even need to transfer from one vehicle to another when you cross the border. However, what an incredible feat of engineering? I took a daytrip to Le Touquet in France for my Mum's birthday at the weekend and it's just an hour up the road to the terminal at Folkestone, a bit of a wait like at an airport, then a 35 minute train ride (sitting in your car) and topped off with just an hour south down the coast and you're there. A real town in French France no less - not just the big supermarkets in Calais!

✰ Sandy Beach. Also experienced in France at the weekend, Le Touquet has a gorgeous beach which I imagine is absolutely packed in the summer. Still, it was very windy when we were there, but it was lovely and warm when it died down wandering across the cream sand, watching kites flying and kite-surfers, well, kite-surfing. I think Camber Sands is my nearest sandy beach, maybe an hour or an hour and a half from home. Might just as well go to France...

✰ Morning Mist. Yes, it may well signify the change in temperature and weather in the mornings, but there's something lovely about driving through the countryside and seeing little pockets of mist hovering over the rolling fields, with the sunshine creating a lovely 3D kind of feel to it.

✰ Sleep. Indeed.... I don't think anyone will argue with that. I do mean that sort of gorgeous weekend or night-before-a-day-off type sleep, where you've got no alarm set and you can just REST. These days I'm lucky to get 6 hours sleep during the week (see 5.30am start above), and when you're an 8-hours minimum type of girl, it really does hurt after a while. It can be fun sometimes waking up having had a weird and wonderful dream - last night I dreamt about guinea pigs, one of my favourite things, but one in particular was blue and I was inexplicably cruel to it, but I digress - but the sort of sleep that is quiet, deep and uninterrupted, is just sort of magical.

And I am done! I have my Tuesday night dinner in the oven now so I must dash... but do let me know what has made your week so far!! See you next week...


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #13

*Sneaks a peak around the corner hoping no-one will notice how long she's been gone*

Hello to one and all!

I've been down in the dumps for far too long and have failed to see even the smallest glimmer of positivity to enable me to write a Wonderful Wednesday post for, oh, weeks now. This morning, I decided to snap out of it because, let's face it, there is SO MUCH to be positive about in the grand scheme of things. I mean, you only have to look at the news to see the struggle of so many - quite humbling, really. Or, it should be... *gives self a gentle slap on the wrist*

So without further hesitation, let's pretend the gap in my posts does not exist and I'll move on to telling you all about the Wonderful things of my week so far...

✰ Blossom on the trees... I know, I know, I'm a little late to this party. However, as I sit at my desk in my lickle office at work, I can now see pretty pink blossoms on 3 trees outside. Granted, I do have to lean forward a little to see them, but they are definitely there calling out to the world that spring is here, even if it is raining!

✰ Having a project. Now, I have far too many of these on the go at the moment, what with a mammoth job hunt in Cornwall as well as organising a hen party, my Mum's birthday and my own birthday, to name but a few... but there's something very satisfying about a real life, grown up project. I've started stripping the bathroom in my Mum's house ready for it to be overhauled. Now, this is a true 1970s bathroom - it's been the same ever since my parents moved in, in the late 1970s. No avocado suite, but a mint green one plus cork tiles on the 4 walls. Crikey o'reilly have you any idea how difficult it is to get cork tiles off of walls??!! I've done all kinds of damage to my already vulnerable shoulders but by goodness does it feel good to actually see what I'm achieving.

✰ Getting absorbed in a book. (Except for when you literally can't stop reading it even when you're supposed to be working!) I've just finished reading Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. No idea how I came about that one, actually. My lovely friend Catherine is always my go-to for advice on the best books to read and I tend to ask her for hot tips just before I go on holiday and things so that I can make sure my Kindle is fully stocked! My issue is that I don't really have a lot of time for the luxury of reading as I used to so holidays and other trips away tend to be key times. However, I started reading this one when I last flew to Exeter and once I got going, I found I couldn't stop! I was eating into work time and even sleep time before I got to the finish! Ah how I miss reading all the time!

✰ The Boy. I have to give credit to this realisation to our founding sister Sally who wrote about her Mr in today's #WonderfulWednesday post.  I agree COMPLETELY with her comments.  Had a slight misunderstanding of something he said to me over the weekend, when I thought for a moment he was putting a time limit on "us" if we were still living 250 miles apart by the end of the year, as I'm struggling to find a job down there... but turns out that wasn't it at all, just a "we'll have to think of some other way around it" type thing. Phew. My heart was in my mouth and tears weren't far away so it was a good little reminder - if one was even needed - of how much I can't bear to be without him (I'm never normally gushy... makes me feel icky normally, but hey, what is a #WonderfulWednesday if you can't be a little bit sickly?!)

✰ Things in Miniature Form. It was the international day of happiness on Monday and I marked it with a little photo of my new mini cafetiere that I bought over the weekend. It's my new favourite thing to have with breakfast in the mornings at work and has been making me happy since then.

And I think that's me done for this week! It feels nice to be back in the fold... do tell me what has been making your week wonderful this week?